Trump is right. In fact, for the past year, ISIS's leaders have made the sacking of Rome and conquest of the Vatican a top and oft-repeated goal. The mayhem they sowed in Paris in 2015 is proof their aspiration is not outlandish. ISIS’s enclave in north Africa is being groomed in part for this very purpose.
ISIS’s territory in north Africa provides a strategic launching point not only to raid European cruise ships in the Mediterranean, as ISIS has boasted of planning. Their stronghold in chaotic, war-ravaged Libya, and ISIS’s efforts to intimidate and infiltrate neighboring Tunisia, show shrewd strategic aims.
Tunisia, in fact, is the home of ancient Carthage. And Carthage, under its famous general Hannibal, launched a successful, highly unorthodox raid into the heart of Italy to terrorize its rival, Rome, more than 2,000 years ago.
Trump’s claim is well-founded in history, as noted in a previous post, "Hannibal's Ghost."